The Monterey Bay Area Restaurants

The Monterey Bay area is a culinary paradise. The surrounding waters are full of fish, wild game roams the foothills, and the inland valleys are some of the most fertile in the country—local chefs draw on this bounty for their fresh, truly Californian cuisine. Except at beachside stands and inexpensive eateries, where anything goes, casual but neat dress is the norm.

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  • 1. Laili Restaurant

    $$ | Mediterranean

    Exotic Mediterranean flavors with an Afghan twist take center stage at this artsy, stylish space with soaring ceilings. In the evening, locals...Read More

  • 2. Anton and Michel

    $$$ | American

    Carefully prepared California cuisine is the draw at this airy restaurant. The rack of lamb is carved at the table, the grilled halloumi cheese...Read More

  • 3. Assembly

    $$ | Modern American

    Seasonal, sustainably farmed local ingredients inspire this downtown eatery's rustic California cuisine. An adjacent pop-up space temporarily...Read More

  • 4. Bittersweet Bistro

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    A large old tavern with cathedral ceilings houses this popular bistro, where the Mediterranean–California menu changes seasonally, but regular...Read More

  • 5. Carpo's

    $ | Seafood

    Locals love this casual counter where seafood predominates, but you can also order burgers, salads, and steaks. Baskets of battered snapper...Read More

  • 6. Casanova

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    This restaurant inspires European-style celebration and romance in an intimate French-country setting. Feast on authentic dishes from southern...Read More

  • 7. Fishwife

    $$ | Seafood

    Fresh fish with a Latin accent makes this a favorite of locals for lunch or a casual dinner. Standards are the sea garden salads–-topped with...Read More

  • 8. Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria

    $$ | Café

    Whether you're in the mood for an orange-olallieberry muffin, a wild rice and chicken salad, or tri-tip on garlic toast, this bakery-deli's...Read More

  • 9. Haute Enchilada

    $$ | South American

    Part of a complex that includes art galleries and an events venue, the Haute adds bohemian character to the seafaring village of Moss Landing...Read More

  • 10. Red House Café

    $$ | American

    When it's nice out, sun pours through the big windows of this cozy restaurant and across tables on the porch; when fog rolls in, the fireplace...Read More

  • 11. Tuck Box

    $ | American

    This bright little restaurant is in a cottage right out of a fairy tale, complete with stone fireplace. Handmade scones, good for breakfast...Read More

  • 12. Andre's Bouchée

    $$$$ | French

    With its copper wine bar, the dining room here feels more urban than most of Carmel, and the foodrepresents an innovative bistro-style take...Read More

  • 13. Fifi's Bistro Café

    $$$ | French

    Candlelight and music fill this small bistro known for its generous wine pours and French cuisine. The menu ranges from escargots to sand dabs...Read More

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